West Island Community Shares announces that Executive Director, Caroline Tison, has recently informed the Board of Directors that she will be stepping down from her position at the end of June 2016 in order to pursue other career goals. Tison has been leading the non-profit organization since March 2004.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Community Shares but it’s time to re-orient my career.
I believe that the organization is in a position of strength and relevance and is well placed to further increase its impact in our community. It has been most rewarding to work with outstanding and inspirational individuals: my dedicated team and Board of Directors, donors, partners, volunteers, community group leaders, citizens, and elected officials – all of whom have contributed to Community Shares’ mission,” said Tison.
Community Shares has a leadership succession plan in place and will initiate a search to select the organization’s next Executive Director.
Nada Nasreddine, President of Community Shares, paid tribute to Tison’s achievements: “Caroline has been an inspiring leader over the past 12 years and has successfully advanced Community Shares’ mission to make sure that help is available, right here in the West Island, to any resident in need. I cannot thank Caroline enough for her tremendous contribution to our organization and to the West Island community.”
When Tison took on the leadership of Community Shares, the non-profit organization was turning 6, had a staff of 2 people, distributing $430,000 to 20 community groups, impacting 28,000 citizens in need, including 8,000 youth. During her 12 years at Community Shares, Tison has been instrumental in mobilizing the West Island community to get involved and make a difference right here, close to home, where 1 in 5 West Islander turns to a local group for help each year. The organization has since distributed $11 million to strengthen the West Island and grown to 5 full time and 3 part time employees; it is distributing over $1.2 million annually to 40 West Island community groups and impacting 50,000 citizens a year, including 25,000 youth. More so, its unique model of redistributing 100% of donations continues to thrive, all while providing recurrent funding to vital community groups – a rare thing in the fundraising world.
Tison has successfully led the recent initiative to obtain the Imagine Canada Standards Program Accreditation. The accreditation testifies to Community Shares’ excellence in governance, financial accountability and transparency, fundraising, staff management and volunteer involvement. Only 150 out of the 85,000 Canadian registered charities have been awarded this prestigious designation.
Chantal Carrier, Treasurer and President of the Fund Distribution Committee, added “We are pleased that Caroline has offered to lend her time and expertise on the Fund Distribution
Committee after she steps down.” This important committee is composed of 30 volunteers who work closely with local community groups to gain a deep understanding of the needs of our community. This ensures that funds are allocated where the needs and impact are the greatest.
Tison will continue to lead the organization for the entirety of the 2015-2016 Fundraising Campaign and will be actively involved in the succession planning.
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